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Soldier Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Two Casualties

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2007 – A U.S. soldier was killed yesterday southwest of Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol, and the Defense Department announced the identities of two soldiers killed during a Dec. 29 IED attack in Baghdad.

An IED detonated yesterday near a combined Multinational Division Baghdad patrol as it was moving through a village south of Baghdad. Officials said the troops were talking to residents about the sectarian violence in the area when a roadside bomb exploded near one of their vehicles.

The blast killed one soldier and wounded three others, including an interpreter, officials said. The name of the soldier killed is being withheld until the family is notified.

In other news, DoD released the names today of two soldiers killed Dec. 29 when an IED detonated near their vehicle during combat operations.

Killed were:

-- Sgt. Lawrence J. Carter, 25, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deployed from Schweinfurt, Germany.

-- Pfc. William R. Newgard, 20, of Arlington Heights, Ill. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, deployed from Schweinfurt, Germany.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Defense Department news releases.)

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